OmniVision’s New PureCel Plus-S Sensor Designed for Consumer Drones

OmniVision Technologies Inc., a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, has announced the OV12895 12-megapixel sensor, designed for consumer-grade drones, surveillance systems and 360-degree action cameras.

The sensor, using stacked-die technology, is the latest addition to the company’s PureCel Plus-S product line.

In addition to 12-megapixel still-image capture, the sensor features 4K2K resolution at 60 frames per second (FPS); 1080p resolution at 240 FPS for slow-motion videos; 12-bit readout architecture for high-bit depth snapshots; and a low chief ray angle of 5 degrees, suitable for mature lens ecosystems.

“We are seeing rapid growth in the markets for consumer drones, surveillance systems, and 360-degree action cameras, in part due to the increasing demand for aerial photography and 4K-resolution panoramic videos in security and virtual reality applications,” says Kalairaja Chinnaveerappan, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision.

“The 12-megapixel OV12895 aligns well with these consumer product segments because it strikes a balance between solid pixel performance and high resolution, in a widely used, 1/2.3-inch optical format.”

The OV12895 is built on OmniVision’s PureCel Plus-S stacked-die architecture and features backside illumination for ultra-high resolution and vibrant images across all light levels, the company explains.

The OV12895 is currently available for sampling and is expected to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2017.


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